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O God, who hast prepared for them that love Thee such good things as pass understanding: pour into our hearts such love towards Thee, that we, loving Thee in all things, and above all things, may obtain Thy promises which exceed all that we can desire.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Feast of the Sacred Heart

Today is the feast of the Sacred Heart.

May you find shelter and healing and the fulfillment of all hopes in the Most Sacred Heart of our Savior.


Saturday, February 28, 2015

A young man and an old preacher

My father just handed me the following story (along with a page of silly "zen truths" jokes). The story says something important about about how to react to this life's griefs:

The young man had lost his job and didn't know which way to turn. So he went to see the old preacher.

Pacing about the preacher's study, the young man ranted about his problem. Finally he clenched his fist and shouted, "I've begged God to say something to help me. Tell me, Preacher, why doesn't God answer?"

The old preacher, who sat across the room, spoke something in reply, something so hushed it was indistinguishable. The young man stepped across the room. "What did you say?" he asked.

The preacher repeated himself, but again in a tone as soft as a whisper. So the young man moved closer until he was leaning on the preacher's chair.

"Sorry," he said. "I still didn't hear you." With their heads bent together, the old preacher spoke once more. "God sometimes whispers," he said, "so we will move closer to hear Him."

This time the young man heard and he understood.

We all want God's voice to thunder through the air with the answer to our problem. But God's is the still, small voice... the gentle whisper. Perhaps there's a reason.

Nothing draws human focus quite like a whisper. God's whisper means I must stop my ranting and move close to Him, until my head is bent together with His. And then, as I listen, I will find my answer. Better still, I find myself closer to God.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Stille Nacht - Silent Night

Fr. Josef Mohr wrote a Christmas poem back in 1816. Two years later, on Christmas Eve, he asked the organist at the parish where he was serving to put the words to music for the midnight Mass that same evening. His friend Franz Gruber came through for him and "Silent Night" was born. The carol grew steadily in popularity and has been sung ever since.

100 years ago this evening, to the consternation of their chains of command, German and British soldiers sang this and other Christmas songs to each other in unofficial, locally-called truces at various points along the front. It was the first Christmas of World War I. [1, 2, 3]

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Feast of the Sacred Heart

The Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart
To our Lady of Perpetual Help:

MEMORARE, o Domina Nostra a Sacro Corde, quam ineffabilem tibi potentiam Filius tuus divinus contulerit in suum ipsius Cor adorabile. Pleni nos fiduciae in meritis tuis, accedimus implorantes tuum praesidium. O Cordis Iesu Thesauraria caelestis, illius Cordis, fontis inexhausti gratiarum omnium, quod potes ipsa pro tua voluntate recludere, ut defluant inde in homines divitiae amoris et misericordiae, luminis et salutis, quae in ipso continentur; concede nobis, obsecramus, beneficia quae petimus ... Nulla nobis, nulla a te erit repulsa, et, quoniam Mater Tu nostra es, o Domina Nostra a Sacro Corde, preces nostras benigne habe et benigne exaudi. Amen.

REMEMBER, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, what ineffable power thy divine Son hath given thee over His own adorable Heart. Filled with confidence in thy merits, we come before thee and implore thy protection. O heavenly Treasurer of the Heart of Jesus, that Heart which is the inexhaustible source of all graces, which thou mayest open to us at thy good pleasure, in order that from it may flow forth upon mankind the riches of love and mercy, light and salvation, that are contained therein; grant unto us, we beseech thee, the favors which we seek ... We can never, never be refused by thee, and since thou art Mother, O our Lady of the Sacred Heart, graciously receive our prayers and grant our request. Amen.

From the Raccolta #439. (S. P. Ap., April 5, 1949).

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sancte Ioannes Baptista, ora pro nobis

The next day, John saw Jesus coming to him, and he saith: Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who taketh away the sin of the world.
John 1:29

Dear friend, He must increase, we must decrease. May all that is dark within us give way to His Light; may we forget our own poisonous thoughts and be filled with His strong Virtue; may He rule our hearts both in this passing age and in the age that will not end. Through Christ our Lord.

Come, Lord Jesus, free us from our sins. Let all that is within us love Thee wholly and truly. Guide us in all that we do and make us fruitful in good works that we may glorify Thy holy Name in this world and the next. Amen.

O God, Who has made this day worthy of honor by the birth of blessed John: grant to Thy people the grace of spiritual joys, and direct the minds of all the faithful in the way of eternal salvation. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who with Thee liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, throughout all of the ages of ages.


Saturday, June 21, 2014

On the Eighth Day

We beseech Thee, O Lord, that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to grant fellowship with Thy Saints and Elect to the soul of Thy handmaiden Rebecca, whose burial seven days since we commemorate, and wouldst pour upon it the everlasting dew of Thy mercy. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, through all of the ages of ages. Amen.


Today is the eighth day after your burial (counting your burial day as the first). The eighth day mystically represents eternity. I pray that for you it is a day of peace, a day of comfort, a day of rest in the Lord Who made you. May your name be found in the book He has written and your memory be eternal.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Bread of Life

At that time Jesus said to the multitudes of the Jews: My Flesh is meat indeed, and My Blood is drink indeed. He that eateth My Flesh, and drinketh My Blood, abideth in Me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent Me, and I live by the Father, so he that eateth Me, the same also shall live by Me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Not as your fathers did eat manna and are dead. He that eateth this bread shall live for ever.
John 6:56-59

Make us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, to be filled with the eternal enjoyment of Thy Divinity, which is prefigured by the reception in this life of Thy precious Body and Blood: Who livest and reignest, with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, throughout all the ages of ages.
(Post-Communion payer)


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Bless the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit

Dear friend, it is the day after your funeral. Here on earth the Church now enters into her longest season, the season after Pentecost, after the descent of the Holy Ghost onto the disciples. You enter into eternity, and I pray that Holy Ghost has descended on you as well. May God bless you forever, and let us bless Him:
Trium puerórum cantémus hymnum, quem cantábant sancti in camíno ignis, benedicéntes Dóminum.Let us sing the hymn of the three young men, which these holy ones sang of old in the fiery furnace, giving praise to the Lord.
Benedícite ómnia ópera Dómini Dómino: laudáte et superexaltáte eum in saécula.
Benedícite Angeli Dómini Dómino: benedícite cæli Dómino
Benedícite aquæ omnes quae super cælos sunt Dómino: benedícite omnes virtútes Dómini Dómino.
Benedícite sol et luna Dómino: benedícite stellæ cæli Dómini.
Benedícite omnis imber et ros Dómino: benedícite omnes spíritus Dei Dómino.
Benedícite ignis et æstus Dómino: benedícite frigus et æstus Dómino.
Benedícite rores et pruína Dómino: benedícite gelu et frigus Dómino.
Benedícite glácies et nives Dómino: benedícite noctes et dies Dómino.
Benedícite lux et ténebræ Dómino: benedícite fúlgura et nubes Dómino.
Benedícat terra Dóminum: laudet et superexáltet eum in saécula.
Benedícite montes et colles Dómino: benedícite univérsa germinántia in terra Dómino.
Benedícite fontes Dómino: benedícite mária et flúmina Dómino.
Benedícite cete, et ómnia, quæ movéntur in aquis Dómino: benedícite omnes volúcres cæli Dómino.
Benedícite omnes béstiæ et pécora Dómino: benedícite fílii hóminum Dómino.
Benedícat Israël Dóminum: laudet et superexáltet eum in saécula.
Benedícite sacerdótes Dómini Dómino: benedícite servi Dómini Dómino.
Benedícite spíritus et ánimæ justórum Dómino: benedícite sancti et húmiles corde Dómino.
Benedícite Ananía, Azária, Misaël Dó-mino: laudáte et superexaltáte eum in saécula.
Benedicámus Patrem et Fílium cum sancto Spíritu: laudémus et superexaltémus eum in saécula.
Benedíctus es, Dómine, in firmaménto cæli: et laudábilis, et gloriósus, et superexaltátus in saécula.
All ye works of the Lord, bless the Lord: praise and exalt Him above all for ever.
O ye angels of the Lord, bless the Lord: O ye heavens, bless the Lord
O all ye waters that are above the heavens, bless the Lord: O all ye powers of the Lord, bless the Lord.
O ye sun and moon, bless the Lord: O ye stars of heaven, bless the Lord.
O every shower and dew, bless ye the Lord: O all ye spirits of God, bless the Lord.
O ye fire and heat, bless the Lord: O ye cold and heat, bless the Lord.
O ye dews and hoarfrosts, bless the Lord: O ye frost and cold, bless the Lord.
O ye ice and snow, bless the Lord: O ye nights and days, bless the Lord.
O ye light and darkness, bless the Lord: O ye lightnings and clouds, bless the Lord.
O let the earth bless the Lord: let it praise and exalt Him above all for ever.
O ye mountains and hills, bless the Lord: O all ye things that spring up in the earth, bless the Lord.
O ye fountains, bless the Lord: O ye seas and rivers, bless the Lord
O ye whales and all that move in the waters, bless the Lord: O all ye fowls of the air, bless the Lord.
O all ye beasts and cattle, bless the Lord: O ye sons of men, bless the Lord.
O let Israel bless the Lord: let them praise and exalt Him above all for ever.
O ye priests of the Lord, bless the Lord: O ye servants of the Lord, bless the Lord.
O ye spirits and souls of the just, bless the Lord: O ye holy and humble of heart, bless the Lord.
O Ananias, Azarias and Misael, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt Him above all for ever.
Let us bless the Father, and the Son, with the Holy Ghost: let us praise and exalt Him above all for ever.
Blessed art Thou, O Lord, in the firmament of heaven: and worthy of praise, and glorious, and exalted above all for ever.

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